Clemson University, Tech Colleges To Partner with Help of USDA grant

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will allow Clemson University to partner with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical and Trident Technical colleges to establish a program in food science and technology, Clemson announced Monday.

The grant lasts five years and is worth nearly $440,000.

“Feeding a growing global population is a major challenge in the 21st century,” said James Barker, president of Clemson, in a news release. “Education to equip a new generation to meet this challenge will require innovative and collaborative approaches. Critical to the success of these efforts will be the participation of under-represented populations. This program will be a model to attract and retain minority students in our agriculture and food science and technology programs.”

The grant provides money for recruiting, training and mentoring students through the program, which will last for two years at one of the technical colleges before students transfer to Clemson to finish their degree in food science.

The program will also include industry internships and study abroad.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in food science,” said Mary Thornley, president of Trident Technical College, in the release. “Each day we learn more about the effects of food on health, and with an increasing population the need for a sustainable and affordable food supply is critical.”

This story was published by GSA Business on Oct. 2, 2012